Campus Units

Physics and Astronomy

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

3-1-2016

Journal or Book Title

Physical Review D

Volume

93

Issue

5

First Page

051103

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevD.93.051103

Abstract

We present midrapidity measurements from the PHENIX experiment of large parity-violating single-spin asymmetries of high transverse momentum electrons and positrons from W-+/-/Z decays, produced in longitudinally polarized p + p collisions at center of mass energies of root s = 500 and 510 GeV. These asymmetries allow direct access to the antiquark polarized parton distribution functions due to the parity-violating nature of the W-boson coupling to quarks and antiquarks. The results presented are based on data collected in 2011, 2012, and 2013 with an integrated luminosity of 240 pb(-1), which exceeds previous PHENIX published results by a factor of more than 27. These high Q(2) data probe the parton structure of the proton at W mass scale and provide an important addition to our understanding of the antiquark parton helicity distribution functions at an intermediate Bjorken x value of roughly M-W / root s = 0.16.

Comments

This is an article from Physical Review D 93 (2016): 051103, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.051103. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Physical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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